How to Hire a Professional Editor

My niece is an English major. She could help you personalize your publication….My sister teaches twelfth grade English; she could help you edit your publication….Sure, I write for the local paper so I know about editing and proofreading; I will help you….It could be slow here in the library; I could work on your publication between waiting on the patrons and through my lunch break; it won’t take me long.”

If anyone approaches you to edit your publication and feeds you a line like one of these-RUN!

Alright, perhaps not run, but think twice about it and politely decline. Why should you fall? Because these folks haven’t edited a publication before or aren’t really qualified to do so. While it’s possible such a person can do a terrific job, you’re better off hiring a professional. If you really believe you would like to employ a man of the caliber of those above, do yourself a favor first by asking a few questions that you need to inquire of any managing editor jobs.

Have you ever edited a book before? If”no,” politely decline allowing the individual touch your publication.

How many novels have you edited before? If two or not, you should probably decline but it’s fine to go on to the following two questions before choosing.

Can you give me the titles of the books you have edited? If the answer is “No,” well, you know what to do. If you receive the books’ titles, go read these books. Are they up to your standards?

Would you provide me with references from writers you’ve worked with? The answer absolutely must be”Yes.” Otherwise, the writers weren’t pleased with this editor’s work, or the editor is lying about the books he is edited.

How much will you charge me? Your budget may be small but do not let someone edit your publication because she is ready to give you a very low price. You pay for what you get. Anyone charging you less than $20 an hour or a penny a word is somebody who is not familiar enough with what is necessary to edit a publication or professional enough to know about exactly what the going rates are for editing. Even if you just have a couple of hundred bucks, and the editor needs $1,500, it might be worth your time and money in the long term, and you could always ask whether the editor will work with you so that you may make monthly payments.